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Lecture: Dvāravatī Art and the Culture of Early Thailand—Between Tradition and Innovation

Thurs, Feb 15 | 6:00–7:00



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  • Free; registration required


Join Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Research Fellow Nicolas Revire as he discusses the material cultures of Thailand’s ancient Dvāravatī kingdom.

Archeologists and historians are still uncovering Dvāravatī—an Indianized culture, kingdom, and art style that emerged in Southeast Asia. Though grounded in neighboring Indic artistic traditions, this 7th–8th century material culture also encompasses local innovations. In this talk, Revire maps what we know about Dvāravatī art and the history of early Thailand. 

About the Speaker


Nicolas Revire, born in France, holds a doctoral degree from the Université Paris 3–Sorbonne nouvelle. He specializes in the Buddhist art and archeology of early Southeast Asia, with a research focus on pre-modern Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. After nearly two decades of teaching and research at Thammasat University in Bangkok, he is presently the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Research Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, serving both the Departments of Arts of Asia and Curatorial Documentation and Research. He is general editor of Before Siam: Essays in Art and Archaeology (2014) and Decoding Southeast Asian Art: Studies in Honor of Piriya Krairiksh (2022).

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